Morris County Detective Supervisor Mark Occhiuzzo Announces Retirement

May 29, 2020

 

After over 15 years of service to Morris County, Detective Supervisor Mark Occhiuzzo has announced his retirement. Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker and honored Detective Supervisor Occhiuzzo for his exemplary service and expressed the gratitude of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office on his last day.

Having spent 27 years in law enforcement, Detective Supervisor Occhiuzzo was most recently assigned to the Weapons Return Function within the Specialized Crimes Division at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. He has also been assigned to and assisted in the Domestic Violence, Missing Persons, and General Investigations units and on the Intelligence Crime/Narcotics Gang Task Force. He also served as a driver and training coordinator for the Mobile Command Emergency Response Vehicle.

Before joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Detective Supervisor Occhiuzzo was a member of the Carlstadt and Blairstown police departments. He holds numerous professional certifications. He has been awarded several letters of commendation and honors for exemplary service, including the Life Saving Award by the County of Bergen, Office of the Sheriff, and Life Saving Medal from the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey, both in 1998.

Prosecutor Knapp said “Detective Supervisor Mark Occhiuzzo has been a solid member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, especially the Domestic Violence Unit. He has mentored many junior detectives over his career. We thank him for his service to the residents of Morris County and wish him a healthy and safe retirement.”

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.

 

Morris County Detective Supervisor Mark Occhiuzzo Announces Retirement

 

 

 

 

 

Left to right: Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, Detective Supervisor Mark Occhiuzzo, and Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

Morris County Prosecutor Encourages Residents to Remember Our Fallen Service Members on Memorial Day Weekend

May 22, 2020

 

On Memorial Day weekend, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp reminds Morris County residents to remember and honor the sacrifice of our brave men and women Armed Forces Members who have died serving our country.

This year presents a challenge to the way we traditionally honor their memories, as we cannot gather for parades or services as we normally would do. Our residents continue to abide by social distancing guidelines intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Prosecutor Knapp said “Despite the lack of our traditional parades and remembrance ceremonies due to the pandemic, we can not make it easy to forget why Memorial Day is significant. This Memorial Day weekend, please remember to take time to honor our fallen members of the United States Armed Forces. It is also important to remember that while many celebrate the unofficial kickoff to summer, our law enforcement officers, healthcare workers, and first reponders continue to work during this emergency to keep Morris County residents safe.”

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Morris County Prosecutor Encourages Residents to Remember Our Fallen Service Members on Memorial Day Weekend

Morris County Prosecutor Warns Residents of Criminals Posing as Contact Tracers

May 21, 2020

 

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker warn residents that criminals have been using the COVID-19 emergency to carry out a new type of scam – posing as Contact Tracers to steal money or personal information.

Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for an infectious disease. Public health department officials will try to learn where a person has been in order to warn others who may have come into contact with that person, so that they can get tested or isolate themselves.

A recent criminal trend has identified criminal scammers pretending to be contact tracers during the COVID-19 public emergency. The scammer sends a message to the victim saying they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19/coronavirus and need to click a link to learn more. When that link is clicked, malicious software is downloaded onto a person’s smartphone or other device, giving hackers access to their target’s private information.

Legitimate contact tracers only send text messages to let a person know that they will be calling. These messages DO NOT include a link. Messages that include a link to click should be viewed as illegitimate and deleted immediately.

Contract tracers also DO NOT ask for personal information, such as your Social Security number or bank account number.

Prosecutor Knapp said “Criminals are taking advantage of these unprecedented circumstances and the public trust to steal from our residents. Please do not become a victim of these scammers!”

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.

Morris County Prosecutor Warns Residents of Criminals Posing as Contact Tracers